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The Tinkerers

The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great

Foege, Alec

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Reports of tinkering's death have been greatly exaggerated. In this book, readers will see how tinkering has been the guiding force behind both major corporate-sponsored innovations such as the personal computer and Ethernet, and smaller scale inventions with great potential.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2013
ISBN: 0465009239
9780465009237
Branch Call Number: 609.2273 F
Characteristics: viii, 216 p. ; 25 cm.

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June 12th. The author's illustrated lecture is a tribute to America's innovators and traces the nation's history through its feats of engineering, citing the achievements of various individuals while challenging views about the reductions of innovations in the post-World War II decades.


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Feb 21, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is one of those books you want to say positive things about, but then the author goes and spouts fiction in place of fact. Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures is a patent troll firm - - PERIOD! The author misrepresents both the fraud and Myhrvold, whose most unfortunate enterprise is representative of the man! Also, tinkering isn't peculiar to America, this bit of flotsam simply points to an author's belief in American Exceptionalism - - tinkering occurs throughout the planet, continuously throughout history. Just as many technological achievements take place concurrently in different countries, so does the tinkering leading up to it. This is one of those books that sounded great, but the author falls short again and again. The author's spin and reframing of the history of credit derivatives and such, is most annoyingly grievous and should put off everyone. NO, financial fraud to enrich the crooks is not tinkering. Negative to the max!

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